9, February 2016

Eye on Exhibits: We Aim to Disappoint

We’ve been hearing a lot of complaints from our visitors lately, and quite frankly, we couldn’t be happier. I assure you we aren’t usually happy when we hear about disappointed visitors, but in this case we think it’s a good sign. Let me explain. Read more »

4, February 2016

All Aboard! Historic Images of St. Louis Union Station

With news that renovations and improvments at Union Station have begun, we dove into our photograph and print collection to find some historic photos of this spectacular building, completed in 1874. Read more »

2, February 2016

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America

Today, it seems like we can’t go to any of our favorite news sites without seeing at least one story about terrorism and sabotage. The threat of terrorism is a part of every news cycle, a part of the conversations that Americans from New York to Los Angeles are having with their family and friends. All this talk of terrorism and internal threats makes it seem like we’ve entered a new era in American history. In some ways this isn’t wrong. The word "terrorism" is fairly new; it wasn’t used widely until the 1970s although it was originally coined during the French Revolution in the 1790s. Read more »

28, January 2016

Humans of MHM | Elizabeth Pickard, Director of Intepretive Programs

Ever wonder who puts together the incredible theatre performances, field trips, and educational programs here at the Museum? That would be Elizabeth, our director of interpretive programs. What constitutes an interpretive program, you might ask? Watch below to learn more.

 

14, January 2016

Seven Stadiums from St. Louis's Past

On January 12, 2016, with the announcement that the St. Louis Rams would be relocating to Los Angeles, the St. Louis region began a discussion about the future of the now-teamless Edward Jones Dome. While there are many uncertainties regarding the future of the Dome, it's far from the first St. Louis stadium to see a transition. Here's a chance to test your knowledge of St. Louis's past stadiums and the teams that called them home—some are well remembered, but others might be a surprise! Read more »

12, January 2016

Where Did You Go To High School?

This question is a common one in St. Louis, where an alma mater is a high school, not a college, and where using high school as an identifier is an often accepted ritual. But can the answer to that question really sum up all of the experiences of high school? Read more »

5, January 2016

2015: A Year for the Record Books


With the close of 2015, the Missouri History Museum comes off one of the most successful years in its entire history. As we gear up for 2016, we wanted to offer some perspective on the year we've just left behind and what it means for St. Louis and this institution moving forward. Here's a snapshot of 2015 at MHM: Read more »

21, December 2015

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About STL Coffee History

Everyone in St. Louis has their favorite quiet corner coffee shop for a quick cup of joe, but did you know the River City has been a coffee leader for nearly 200 years? From espresso to Safari and Old Judge, STL has a rich, highly caffeinated history! Scroll through the list below to test your #STLcoffee knowledge, then be sure to visit the special exhibit Coffee: The World in Your Cup & St. Louis in Your Cup at the MIssouri History Museum before it closes on January 3, 2016! Read more »

16, December 2015

10 Movies Set or Filmed in St. Louis

St. Louis is and has been home to mountains of movie magic! How well do you know STL's cinematic history?

1. Escape from New York (1981)

Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, John Carpenter (Director) Read more »

10, December 2015

Who Killed That Dirty Little Coward?

Do YOU know the name of the man who killed the man who killed Jesse James? Sure, we all know Jesse. And many of us know Bob Ford, the “dirty little coward” who shot Jesse in the back. But it was a Missourian named Ed O’Kelley who took the law into his own hands and shot Bob Ford in a saloon in Colorado.

Want to hear more? Come see author Joe Johnston talk about this story—and other vigilante stories—tonight at the St. Louis County Library headquarters on Lindbergh at 7 p.m. Joe will sing a few vigilante songs, sign your books, and introduce you to some other Missouri vigilantes. Read more »